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The concept of a bicycle race across America can be traced back to newspaperman George Nellis, who in 1887 crossed the USA on a 45-pound iron high-wheel bicycle with no gears and with pedals attached directly to the front wheel. Following the railroad routes across the country, he made the crossing in just under 80 days.

Every ten years or so, the record would be reduced by a few days, but it was not until the 1970s, when John Marino got serious about finding how quickly a bicycle could be ridden across the U.S.A. that the modern movement of trans-national cycling competition began. Other riders began challenging the marks made by Marino, and by 1982 a group of these riders decided they were ready for a head-to-head race. In its first year, the Race Across America (RAAM) was called the Great American Bike Race. Four riders lined up on the pier in Santa Monica and raced to New York. The winner was Lon Haldeman. Since then the race has been run every year, alw ays west to east. In 2008 the race begins in Oceanside, California, and finishes in Annapolis, Maryland. With its mid-June start dates, RAAM starts close to the summer solstice to provide competitors the maximum daylight hours.

Here are some additional resources for historical and statistics about RAAM.

Here are results from 1982-1999

1999    1998    1997    1996    1995    1994    1993    1992    1991    1990

1989    1988    1987    1986    1989    1984    1983    1982

Six RAAM solo winners at the start of RAAM 2007!
Daniel Wyss, Andreas Clavadetscher , Allen Larsen, Pete Penseyres, Danny Chew, Jure Robic

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